David Attenborough has become the fastest person to reach a million followers on Instagram, beating the record previously held by Jennifer Aniston.

The 94-year-old naturalist made his first post on Thursday morning, and a little over four hours later had a million followers. It took Friends favourite Aniston over five hours to reach a million followers when she first posted in October 2019. Attenborough now has over 3m followers.

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Guinness World Records confirmed the new record to Metro.co.uk, with a spokesperson saying: "I am pleased to confirm this record has now been verified by us."

Attenborough's account is managed by filmmakers Colin Butfield and Johnnie Hughes, who have worked with him on his new Netflix documentary, A Life on Our Planet

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In his first post, Attenborough said he was joining Instagram because "the world is in trouble".

"Continents are on fire. Glaciers are melting. Coral reefs are dying... The list goes on and on," he continued.

Attenborough described saving the planet as "a communications challenge". 

A Life on Our Planet is released on Netflix on Sunday, October 4.

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